VIP Early Access to Alcatraz and Exclusive Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

very near 1370 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133 (0)
$192.50 per person
  • Groups Allowed
  • Island Tour
  • Service Animals Allowed
  • Tour Guide
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What You Get
  • Early-bird ferry access to Alcatraz and exclusive Cable Car sightseeing tour.
  • San Francisco VIP experience, this tour is not available anywhere else!
  • Beat the crowds and be one of the first to Alcatraz for a fascinating award-winning audio tour.
  • Make stops at Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, and Palace of Fine Arts.
  • Fantastic city views aboard our motorized Cable Car, a converted Cable Car with wheels for mobility.
  • Snap photos of Chinatown and North Beach, and cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Lunch included.


Exclusive VIP Experience

This exclusive VIP experience in San Francisco combines one of the city’s top attractions, Alcatraz, with a city tour of famous neighborhoods, landmarks and sights on board a Hornblower’s Classic Cable Car. You will start the tour in the early morning at Pier 33, where you will meet your tour guide. After checking in with us, enjoy the views as you make your way to Alcatraz Island aboard an early ferry to Alcatraz. This priority ferry provides admission to the island prison before most other visitors are allowed, so you can enjoy your experience without the jam-packed crowds. When you arrive, independently tour the cellblock and other areas using the award-winning audio guide that includes commentary from former inmates and guards. Learn what life was like inside the jail cells of notorious criminals like Al Capone.

Taking the scheduled ferry back to Alcatraz, check out the unique perspectives of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. Once back to Pier 33, meet with your Alcatraz tour guide to pick-up your boxed-lunch and then take some time to explore Alcatraz Cruises’ beautiful grounds. Up next, the city tour! After boarding our converted, but still authentic version of San Francisco’s iconic Cable Car, the tour will depart Fisherman’s Wharf for hidden gems that other tours typically don’t access. Listen to live narration from your professional city guide, and disembark for further exploration of a few different landmark locations along the way. Stops include the Palace of Fine Arts, the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge at the Vista Point Lookout North, and historic Fort Point:

  • Palace of Fine Arts is an architectural treasure dating back to the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. Disembark at the monumental structure for a close-up look of it’s art and architecture, and snap photos of the city treasure with swans in the foreground.
  • The world famous Golden Gate Bridge speaks for itself. It is, plainly put, an engineering marvel built across San Francisco Bay in 1937. You will get a chance to step foot onto the grand suspension bridge, and listen to stories of its art deco structure from your tour guide.
  • The National Historic Site at Fort Point offers a close-up vantage point of the Golden Gate Bridge. Get a front row seat to where the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Farallones meets San Francisco’s Bay at this amazing location underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Learn about the fort’s rich military significance and maritime history.

In addition to these sights, the Alcatraz VIP Early Access & Cable Car Sightseeing Tour includes notable sights such as Ghirardelli Square, Crissy Field, and Presidio National Park. Cruise up and down the hills of San Francisco to admire views of Victorian homes. Traverse Pacific Heights, and take advantage of some great photo opportunities as you pass by the home featured in the blockbuster film Mrs. Doubtfire. Pass through North Beach and Chinatown. See everything that matters on Hornblower’s Alcatraz VIP Early Access & Cable Car Sightseeing Tour. Get your Alcatraz tour tickets today!

See more tour itinerary below.


Why Our Insiders Chose This Alcatraz Tour?

Getting on one of the first ferries out to Alcatraz is the ideal way to explore the infamous prison – it is so quiet out there, and you arrive before the large tour groups. Plus, sightseeing around San Francisco on a converted Classic Cable Car is a really amazing and unique experience!  You will not find this tour anywhere else.


Tour Itinerary

8:00 AM – Check in with your tour guide in front of Pier 33 next to the lamppost across from the information booth.  (Please see our Contact Us  page for more information.) Your tour guide will be wearing an orange jacket and holding a flag, both adorned with the Hornblower Classic Cable Cars logo! Your tour guide will take your lunch order, give a quick run-down of the day, and provide you with all your Alcatraz tickets. You will board one of the first ferries to Alcatraz. 

9:00 AM – Arrive at Alcatraz Island. Take advantage of more than 2 hours to explore the island, including the award-winning audio tour.

11:40 AM – Boarding begins for the 11:55 AM ferry back to San Francisco.  You must be on the the 11:55 AM ferry back to San Francisco to continue the tour!

11:55 AM – Ferry departs back to San Francisco!

12:15 PM – Disembark ferry and meet your tour guide at the check-in location. Your tour guide will provide you with your lunches.  You will have 30 minutes to explore Pier 33’s spectacular grounds and gift shop.

12:50PM – Meet your tour guide at the check-in location, where you will be escorted to your Cable Car.

1:00 PM – Enjoy your professionally guided, premier Cable Car tour of San Francisco, where you will stop at the Palace of Fine Arts, ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, and stop at Fort Point.

3:15 PM – Arrive back at Alcatraz Landing, the end of your adventure!

Thank you for riding with us and enjoy your Alcatraz tour!




Monday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm